The Rage of Taliban

In the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde uses a character from Shakespeare’s Tempest to comment on 19th century disgust, a moral emotion:

The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.  The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.

I was reminded of this rage last night while watching a fascinating CNN documentary shot by Norwegian journalist/filmmaker Paul Refsdal, who was granted exceptional access to the Taliban.  At one point, a Taliban member states that Islam is perfection because “it has an answer for everything — social, cultural, religious, and legal,” or something to that effect.

Now there is a comment on morals for a certain group of people living in the 21st century.  Much like “Answers in Genesis,” I find such submission, driven by disgust that leads to rage, chilling.

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